Polystyrene recycler Pyrowave joins CIAC as full member

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomes new member, Pyrowave.

Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario with a research and development centre in Montreal, Quebec, Pyrowave uses patented microwave technology to recycle mixed plastic waste, including post-consumer polystyrene packaging, back into their initial elements. Pyrowave has the capacity to convert between 450 to 900 tons of plastic waste back into feedstock each year, per module.

“We believe that chemical recycling will enable closing the plastic recycling loop. It was therefore a natural step to join the CIAC, an organisation that has an essential role in the new generation of plastics. We are looking forward to build closer ties with its members of the value chain, specially now that we are at commercial stage, ” said Jocelyn Doucet, CEO of Pyrowave.

In 2018, Pyrowave partnered with INEOS Styrolution, a global leader in styrenics, to use advanced technology to chemically recycle polystyrene packaging collected in consumer recycling systems as well as post-industrial PS. INEOS Styrolution became a CIAC member in March 2019.

In 2019, BASF Canada awarded Pyrowave $20,000 in a start-up challenge hosted by the CIAC’s Good Chemistry Conference.

“CIAC is thrilled to welcome Pyrowave as a full member,” said Bob Masterson, CIAC President and CEO. “We look forward to helping the company tap into its full potential with their innovative technology and to helping them make important connections within the chemistry industry. We are especially excited to have Pyrowave’s valuable expertise on achieving a circular economy for plastic waste at the table.”